Battlestar Galactica: The Plan

>> Tuesday, December 1, 2009

This was a disappointment, particularly when compared to Battlestar Galactica: Razor, which was very good. The main story and some of its "revelations" such as what happened to Shelly Godfrey were almost no-brainers. She went out an airlock? I actually figured as much when I first saw the episode.

As Entertainment Weekly said, it's practically a clip show. Not what I wanted to see. I thought it was going to be about all the planning that happened before the attacks on the Colonies, not start with the Colonies getting nuked and proceed through the first two seasons from a different vantage point. Those first ten to fifteen minutes when they're showing the Cylon basestars get into position to nuke 12 planets was the most interesting part.

When they showed the Cylons talking about how grateful the humans should be for having their pitiful lives ended, I thought what they were saying was kind of cheesy. Like, who would say something like that, i.e. wreaking havoc on a group of people equates to an act of generosity.

Actually, since I came across this last week, American political leaders have talked that way quite frequently as A Tiny Revolution pointed out a few years ago:

  • Andrew Jackson regarding the US government's position towards Native Americans:
    Rightly considered, the policy of the General Government toward the red man is not only liberal, but generous.
  • Teddy Roosevelt on the same subject:
    In [our] treaties we have been more than just to the Indians; we have been abundantly generous... No other conquering and colonizing nation has ever treated the original savage owners of the soil with such generosity as has the United States.
  • The US involvement in Vietnam by an editor of US News & World Report:
    What the United States is doing in Vietnam is the most significant example of philanthropy extended by one people to another that we have witnessed in our times.
  • And just for good measure, a non-American, such as Hitler on Poland just prior to invading:
    Herr Hitler replied that he would be willing to negotiate, if there was a Polish Government which was prepared to be reasonable and which really controlled the country. He expatiated on misdoings of the Poles, referred to his generous offer of March last, said that it could not be repeated...
  • Oh, lets not leave out Goebbels too:
    If we Germans have a fateful flaw in our national character, it is forgetfulness. This failing speaks well of our human decency and generosity, but not always for our political wisdom or intelligence. We think everyone else as is good natured as we are.
Yeah, because Goebbels was the German Mother Theresa of generosity!

If anything, the "re-imagined" version of Battlestar Galactica nails the us-versus-them dynamic throughout the entire series to a tee. When your current enemies, not friends, start talking about "generosity" towards you, it's best to keep them as far away as possible.

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